The dermatologist is in the peculiar position of treating not only the strictly cutaneous surfaces of the body but many of the mucocutaneous surfaces as well. His therapy, particularly his radiation therapy, is often required to bridge the gap between the strictly surgical procedures of certain specialties, such as that of the eye and the ear, and the purely medical procedures which are of doubtful potency. For some ophthalmologic conditions, such as blepharitis, chronic conjunctivitis and injuries and ulcers of the cornea, having a certain similarity to cutaneous injuries, one may reasonably assume that some of the therapeutic methods of the dermatologist may be of aid. It is in this spirit that we, in conjunction with ophthalmologists, undertook to treat certain diseases of the eye with roentgen rays.
There seems to be an idea generally held by laymen and to a lesser extent by members of the medical profession that